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Nunavut mayor's body found

QMI Agency

The body of Jamesie Kootoo, the mayor of Kimmirut, Nunavut, who went missing last November, has been found.

Kootoo's body was located near a large lake about 50 km north of the community Saturday.

Rescue efforts, which had been hampered by bad weather, resumed in the spring and involved volunteers, the RCMP and the Iqaluit Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.

Kootoo, 67, left for a caribou hunt on Nov. 26 and was expected back later in the day. A close friend said Kootoo only had "limited supplies" on him.

It marked the second time Kootoo had gone missing.

According to Nunatsiaq Online, he disappeared on a hunting trip five years ago when his snowmobile fell into a gully.

"In that case searchers were able to locate Kootoo after a day and a half, but he was in a concentrated area. This time the area he is lost in is flat and in the open," Sgt. Jimmy Akavak told the paper.

Kimmirut, located on the Hudson Strait, has a population of just over 400.